It will not be good news if the Shields Gazette has it right in their exclusive today, that 24 year-old Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback is set to sign for West Ham, and not for Newcastle United.
Jack Colback - huge West Ham wage offer
West Ham struggled in the league last season, and lost their last their last six league games, and former Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce came under fire from the fans, but he has been retained for next season but told to play a more attacking game, but it’s hard for a leopard to change its spots.
Colback was born in Killingworth and is a target of Newcastle this summer, and we could do with Jack’s accurate passing, but the report is that West Ham seems to have beaten everybody to Jack.
It was always going to be an auction we suppose, and not content at the £100K/week they are paying out to injury prone Andy Carroll over the next six years, it looks like they have trebled the wages Jack was getting at Sunderland, and are said to be going to sign the 24 year-old.
The Gazette is reporting the Hammers will offer Colback £50K/week – around £2.5M a year, and that offer leaves both Newcastle and Sunderland way short – at least as far as wages go.
There are other things than money involved in deciding which club to join, but if the offer is really that good, we could well see Newcastle miss out on a decent transfer target.
If that offer is on the table it’s now up to Jack to make a decision, and he has just been married, so perhaps the Geordie would like to remain in the north-east, rather than moving to east London.
If that’s the case then we still may have a chance – but Sunderland have also given him a new and much improved contract offer.
We’d love to see Jack Colback join Newcastle this summer.